Lecturer Professional Development Funds

The Professional Development Fund awards are specifically dedicated to provide support for professional development of Non-Senate faculty (NSF) covered by the Memorandum of Understanding between the University and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT). The awards provide NSFs opportunities to enhance their effectiveness in professional and pedagogical areas. The awards are available annually. Applicants may apply for funding to support upcoming conferences as well as for reimbursement for expenses for conferences or events attended since the beginning of the academic year. Preference will be given to applicants who have not received awards in the past. Awardees will be required after completion of the project or attendance at a conference, etc. to submit a short narrative describing and evaluating the benefit derived from the award.

Why are these funds provided?

The Professional Development Fund is dedicated to providing funding support for professional development of NSFs engaged in professional development activities that will enhance their effectiveness and development as scholar/teacher in their field. For NSFs, instructional performance is measured by criteria that include command of the subject matter and continued growth in mastering new topics. Therefore, professional development such as attending professional conferences and meetings as well as funding for software, appropriate technical equipment, books, and training seminars that are in support of pedagogical endeavors are encouraged by the Professional Development Program.

Reminder – all technical equipment (computer, laptop, etc.) purchased with University funds are the property of the University and must be surrendered if you leave.

Who may apply?

All Unit 18 Lecturers with current appointment in the 2016-2017 academic year may apply for an award. Only NSFs with Continuing Appointments will be eligible to submit requests for paid leave (Tier 2 Award).

Types of AwardsAward CriteriaApplication ProceduresApplication Review and Deadlines

The awards are normally divided into two tiers (categories).

Tier 1 Awards: In amounts up to $2,000 and are to be used for such items as the following:

  • Purchase of equipment, software, or books.
  • Professional fees, subscriptions, and memberships.
  • Conference attendance including travel and housing reimbursement for conferences such as professional, creative, writing workshops, colloquia, performance workshops, course work.

Tier 2 Awards: In amounts between $2,000 and $10,000

  • May be used for any of the items in the Tier 1 category over $2,000
  • For a short-term leave, or for one course release (Employee is released from and will be paid for one course as paid leave.)

All proposals designed primarily to further a NSF’s own scholarship will receive full consideration, and will be evaluated on the merits and strengths of the proposal. Such evaluations include but are not limited to the following criteria:

  • Relevance to furthering scholarly achievement and/or enhancing pedagogical endeavors.
  • Applicant’s preparation of the application package (including curriculum vitae).
  • Significance of the project to the University’s mission of providing excellence in teaching, research, and public service, including a brief description of how the applicant will share new skills and knowledge with University community or use new programs to benefit that community.
  • For Tier 2 Awards, consideration will also be given to the overall value and strength of the project, as described in the formal written proposal.

For Tier 1 Awards:

For Tier 2 Awards:

  • Complete the NSF Professional Development Award Application Form     help.fw
  • Attach a written proposal with justification for the course release or leave. It should include a narrative describing the nature of the project and explanation of how the project will fulfill expectations described in the award criteria. The leave is to be proposed for the 2016-2017 academic year.
  • Attach a current curriculum vitae
  • Submit the completed application to the Chair and Dean’s Office for comment
  • Paid leave requests must also include 2 letters of recommendation. These letters should evaluate the proposed project.

Once completed, the award application proposal should be submitted to the Department Chair for review.  After review by the Chair, the applications should be forwarded to the Dean.  If there are multiple proposals from one department, Deans are encouraged to rank them according to the criteria outlined above.  All applications are due in the Dean’s Offices by February 9, 2017.  Once the Dean has reviewed the application, it will be sent to the Office of Academic Personnel. The final date for receipt of the proposals is February 17, 2017.

Following this deadline, the Council on Professional Development Award, comprised of NSFs nominated by the AFT and appointed by the Vice Provost of Academic Personnel, will begin to review the proposals. The proposals will be ranked and the Council’s recommendations will be sent to the Vice Provost of Academic Personnel for final approval. It is anticipated that the announcement of the awards will be made prior to the end of Winter Quarter.

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